And, [as you have been shown in your vision,] thus will your Sustainer elect you, and will impart unto you some understanding of the inner meaning of happenings…Verily, your Sustainer is all-knowing, wise!
Qur’an, Chapter 12 Yusuf/Joseph, v. 6
Things do not just happen. They also mean. They also signify. Indeed, things do not ever just happen. Rather, they are always brought into existence by the One who is all-knowing and all-wise. They are bridges of meaning, connecting the finite to the Eternal.
Just as Joseph (peace be upon him) was elected and taught to interpret the meaning of events, we can also be. After all, we each have been “dignified” as a child of Adam, before whom angels prostrated. (Q. 17:70) We will all be “elected” as a follower of Abraham, if we surrender and prostrate before the Sovereign of the Universe. (Q. 2:78)
Are you willing to see your vision, like Prophet Joseph? Are you willing to read the profound signs all around you, like Prophet Muhammad who received the call to “read in the name of Thy Sustainer”?
Let us all intend to seek and receive Divine guidance, and see the world anew shining with profound meanings, inshallah!
~ These are some of the gems from the treasure of Qur’anic Joseph story!